Reuse and Transformation of a Modern Movement Masterpiece: UN-CEPAL-ECLAC Building, Santiago de Chile





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Recent interventions in modern oeuvres of high cultural significance have set new challenges, opening discussion on the various positions associated with their preservation and sustainability. In particular, the relationship between newly conceived architecture and modern heritage, for which the analysis of the design in the original building, the ideas promoted in terms of its significance and the results obtained in material terms, become the key features in each case. The experience of the United Nations ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) building in Santiago, Chile, may, in this sense, be of special interest in order to verify possibilities of sustainability that assume both the contingencies among which the rehabilitation process takes place and the values recognized in the building as monument.

How to Cite

Torrent, H. (2015). Reuse and Transformation of a Modern Movement Masterpiece: UN-CEPAL-ECLAC Building, Santiago de Chile. Docomomo Journal, (52), 60–71.




Author Biography

Horacio Torrent, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

(b. 1959, Pergamino, Argentina). Professor of Architecture, Escuela de Arquitectura, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Architect (1985), UNR, Argentina; Magister in Architecture (2001), PUC, Chile; PhD in Architecture (2006), UNR Argentina. Head of docomomo Chile. Lecturer at several universities in America, Europe and Asia. He is the author of numerous publications on Latin American modern and contemporary architecture, including “Chilean Modern Architecture since 1950” (Texas, 2010). He is currently developing research on the relationship between Architecture and the City in Chile and Latin America during the 20th century.


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